Gus Has Worst Tilt Ever
Gus Hansen owned up this week to some of the major faults in his poker game while Daniel Negreanu is on a mission to bring an NHL team to Las Vegas.
Gus Hansen Says He Has Worst Table Selection, Tilt Ever
For those tracking high stakes online action, a name that's been noticeably absent in recent weeks is Gus Hansen.
Last year, Full Tilt chose not to renew the contracts of both Hansen and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom as "The Professionals" in what they said was a move towards player experiences.
Hansen was recently interviewed by Pokernyhederne and he revealed that their contracts weren't re-upped because Full Tilt preferred to spend its budget on other priorities .
Hansen said that he is still on good terms with Full Tilt, though, and that the end of their relationship allowed him to get some "breathing space" from online poker.
As such, he is not in a hurry to play online anytime soon but he did say he would play in live events in 2015, including the World Series of Poker.
In a follow-up video he also suggested he may have been surpassed, talent-wise, by the other players in the high-stakes game and that his game selection, tilt control and stubbornness may be "the worst ever."
Daniel Negreanu Joins Effort to Bring NHL to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of a few cities in the mix to secure a National Hockey League franchise and poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu is working with the ownership group to make that happen.
Negreanu announced last week via Twitter that he was meeting with the group and showed genuine excitement over the prospect.
He blogged at length last week about bringing an NHL franchise to Las Vegas and addressed many concerns over the matter. Negreanu also tweeted that he can help connect players with the sales team for Vegas hockey ticket and boasted options for as little as $150.
Any potential franchise must front 10,000 season ticket deposits as part of trying to secure the franchise and Negreanu seems determined to help reach that goal.
The ownership team is headed by Billionaire Bill Foley and brothers Joe and Gavin Maloof. The Maloofs are owners of the Palms casino and formerly owned the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.
Kostritsyn Takes Big Lead in High Stakes Action
While Full Tilt has historically been the home for much of online poker's high stakes action, PokerStars has started to boast solid traffic in their online games. That's been evident in January as the top three earners online are all on PokerStars.
Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn is the current big winner in January with $729,708 earned through January 20. The majority of those earnings have come in Triple Draw thanks to a two-day $360,000 heater early last week.
Illari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies is #2 online this month with $303,574 won, all in PLO. Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky is #3 this month with $300,000 in earnings.
On the flip side, Viktor Blom and Phil Ivey continue to struggle. Isildur1 is currently the games biggest loser with $425,726.
Ivey hasn't played since taking a $167,853 hit and it is unlikely we will see him back online until after Aussie Millions.